The Union Government has issued an advisory to Tamil Nadu on Friday and similar cautionary letters were sent to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana late last week, said SK Haldar, a member of the Central Water Commission (CWC).This was issued amid rising concern of water storage in dams of states which fell below to a critical level.
The ‘Water’ subject falls under the state list mentioned in Indian Constitution and recent drought advisory recommends states to use water for drinking purpose only till the dams are replenished
The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20 per cent less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 years.
The Central Water Commission (CWC)which functions as an attached office of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, monitors water storage available in 91 major reservoirs across the country.
According to the figures released recently, the total water storage available was 35.99 billion cubic metres (BCM), which is 22 per cent of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. The total storage capacity of these 91 reservoirs is 161.993 BCM.
The drought advisory is issued to states when the water level in reservoirs is 20 per cent less than the average of live water storage figures of the past 10 yea